First it was men's and women's basketball. Sunday, the University at Buffalo women's tennis team added to the Bulls' record of success in the Mid-American Conference by taking home its second straight titles.
UB, the No. 1 seed after going 7-0 in MAC regular season matches, came back from a loss in doubles to win four of five singles and wrap up a 4-2 victory over No. 2 Miami (Ohio) in Muncie, Ind. It extended UB's win streak to 14 matches.
Miami swept all the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to take a 1-0 lead but singles victories by Ariana Paules Aldrey at No. 6, Tanja Tojanovska at No. 2, and Emel Abibula at No. 4 put the Bulls in front, 3-1. Lolade Ogungbesan's 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Emily Struble at No. 3 clinched the match after Miami had won at No. 1.
The Bulls earned a bid to the NCAA championships for the second year in a row and will learn their opponent and and destination on Tuesday.
Stephen Bennett's two-run single in the top of the eighth inning sent Canisius past Rdiers, 5-2, Sunday in Lawrenceville, N.J. and gave the Golden Griffins a 2-1 series win over the Broncs.
Liam Wilson singled to send home an insurance run for the Griffs (24-16, 12-6 MAAC). Conner Morros had a two-runn single in the first inning for Canisius.
Sophomore right-hander Will Frank struck out three of the eight batters he faced in relief of senior Charlie Sobieraski (Lockport) then Tyler Smith closed it with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth.
Canisius will play two nine-inning games at Niagara on Tuesday and Wednesday with each starting at 3 p.m.
First-year head coach Matt Mazurek's Griffs stand second in the MAAC behind Quinnipiac (11-4). Besides Niagara, Canisius has three-game series to play at third place Manhattan (9-6) and at home against fourth-place Marist (10-5).
Niagara (15-22, 7-8 MAAC) defeated Saint Peter's, 8-5, in Jersey City, N.J., to get a sweep of its three-game series against the Peacocks. Michael Gabriele had three hits while Owen Dziados drove in two runs against Saint Peter's (0-33, 0-15).
Track and Field
UB honored seniors as their final home meet and paid tribute to former Bull Jake Madonia, who lost his battle with cancer last week, at Saturday's UB Invitational on Saturday.
Highlights for the UB women were:
•The 4 x 100m relay team of Nikari Carota, Jhada Francis, Priscilla Faa and Selina Von Jackowski won easily and the individual came back with strong performances in their individual events.
• Miranda Daucher took the discus by more than 35 feet in 161-6 and the hammer throw in 169-9.
Men's highlights were:
•Sophomore Ray Anikwue won the 100m and Mitchell Fuller was second. Along with Steve George and Mitchell Moore they helped the 4x100 relay to victory.
•Freshman Thomas Flannery achieved the USATF Junior National Qualifying standadrd with his time of 8:29.13 in the 3,000.
•UB won all but two field events. Freshman Brandon Burke won the high jump and the triple jump. Senior Ryan Cribbin won the shot put and Sam Wray the discus. Devon Knapp won for the first time in his career in the hammer throw.